Sycamore Canyon
The Canyon
Rank: #18 Canyon Depth: 1,080 ft.
Rim Elevation: 4,680 ft. Stream Elevation: 3,600 ft.
Vegetation: Pinyon-juniper on canyon sides. Cottonwoods, mesquite, colombine, and watercress in riparian zone. Frequently Seen Animals: deer, mountain lion (rare), bandit-masked ringtail cat, many birds including cactus wren and hermit thrush, fishing (permit required).
Hiking Season: All year.  
The Trail
Name: ParsonsTrail #144 Difficulty: Easy
Length of Hike (r/t): 8.0 miles Trail Elevation Change: 200 ft.
Trail Low Point: 3,560 ft.  Trail High Point: 3,760 ft.
Water: Perennial (nonpotable)  
Tips: Trail drops steeply for first 200 feet, then continues upstream at an easy grade. First Primitive Wilderness area designated in Arizona.
Hiking Permit Needed: None Maximum Group Size: 
Dogs Permitted: Yes, leashed Horses Permitted: Yes.
Cross-country Skiing Permitted: Yes Mountain Bikes Permitted: No
Swimming: Yes.  
Safety Tips: Bring wading shoes for multiple stream crossings. Do not dive or jump into pools.
The Drive
General Location: Verde Valley north of Clarkdale. Trailhead Accessible to Low-Clearance Vehicles: Yes.
Nearest Town: Camp Verde  
Directions: Follow signs to Tuzigoot Nat'l Monument from Clarkdale, turn left on Sycamore Canyon Rd. (FR 131) just after crossing Verde River.  Follow road 11 miles to trailhead.
More Information
U.S.G.S. Quad Name(s): Clarkdale S. E., Sycamore Basin Office of Tourism Region: Central Territory
County: Yavapai Managing Agency: Red Rock Ranger District, P.O. Box 300, Sedona AZ 86336, (928) 282-4119
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